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Hanna-Barbera’s animated stone-age sitcom The Flintstones debuted in primetime on ABC Monday, September 30, 1960 (a pilot called The Flagstones had aired in May 1960).
This Monday, September 30, at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT, MeTV will add the cartoon classic to its weeknight schedule, beginning with two episodes – “The Flintstone Flyer” and “Hot Lips Hannigan” (not to be confused with M*A*S*H’s ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan). The show will also air Sundays at 10 am. (Check the MeTV schedule to confirm times in your area).
Set in the prehistoric town of Bedrock, The Flintstones follows the middle-class adventures of Fred and Wilma Flintstone and their best friends Barney and Betty Rubble. In later seasons, children were added – Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble.
The Flintstones may have had ‘primitive’ animation and a laughtrack, but its visual contraptions and Neolithic puns won over generations of viewers. Episodes were also peppered with allusions to then-contemporary popular culture, including appearances by such Hollyrock actors as Cary Granite and Stony Curtis (voiced by Tony Curtis), not to mention the great director Rocko Preminger:
The show also featured a who’s who of voice talent. Regulars included Fred (Alan Reed), Wilma and Pebbles (Jean Vander Pyl), Barney and Dino (Mel Blanc), and Betty (Petticoat Junction’s Bea Benaderet). Guest voices included Howard Morris (of both Andy Griffith and Your Show of Shows fame), June Foray (Rocky the Flying Squirrel), and Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show) as the Great Gazoo. Daws Butler voiced Barney in a handful of episodes; Gerry Johnson took over Betty for seasons five and six.
The original series ran six seasons (1960 to 1966) for a total of 167 episodes.
You can watch MeTV free over the air via an antenna connected to your TV set. To find your local channel number, visit MeTV’s Where to Watch.
You can watch The Flintstones with a Boomerang subscription, which costs $4.99 a month or $39.99 annually. You can also buy individual episodes for $1.99 from Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube and Vudu.
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